The Journey to Self-Reliance

  • Welcome to the Journey to Self-Reliance home page!

From here, you can access the Self-Reliance Country Roadmaps Portal in order to:
  • Learn more about the Journey to Self-Reliance;
  • Access “Country Roadmaps” -- USAID’s core analytical tool for assessing self-reliance in a given country -- for all low- and middle-income countries; and
  • View and download a wide-range of supporting resources, including extensive FAQs, data notes, and the methodological guide underpinning this effort.

As Administrator Mark Green has stated, each of USAID’s programs should look forward to the day when foreign assistance is no longer necessary, and we must measure our work by how far every investment moves us closer to that day. USAID is reorienting the way it does business to focus on supporting our partner countries on the Journey to Self-Reliance -- or, to put it another way, their ability to solve their own development challenges. This approach to development -- which prioritizes fostering stable, resilient, prosperous, inclusive, and self-reliant countries -- is good for our partners around the world, our nation’s security, and the American taxpayer.

To facilitate this shift, USAID needs to first understand how self-reliant each of its partner countries is and reorient its partnerships accordingly. USAID’s primary analytical tool for assessing self-reliance in a country is called a Country Roadmap, which uses 17 publicly-available, third-party metrics. The metrics examine areas such as open and accountable governance, inclusive development, economic policy, and the relative capacities of the government, civil society, citizens, and the economy -- all key elements of self-reliance.

We encourage you to visit the Journey to Self-Reliance Country Roadmaps Portal to learn more about this exciting effort and to access the newly-released Fiscal Year 2019 Country Roadmaps.

We also encourage you to read our Self-Reliance Learning Agenda (SRLA) Fact Sheet to learn about our efforts to gain insight into operationalizing the Journey to Self Reliance. Both a process and a set of products, the SRLA generates, collects, synthesizes, and disseminates evidence and learning, and facilitates their use to inform USAID’s efforts to support countries on their journeys to self-reliance.

Last updated: May 07, 2019

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